Ventilation Matters at Doggy Daycare

I work at a doggy daycare in my small town.

  • We take care of dogs who are just there for the day, dogs who are there for a weekend, or dogs who will be there long-term.

We have a huge yard where the pups play, a “dining room” where all of the dog bowls are filled and consumed, and a giant “bedroom” where all of the dogs sleep. We house anywhere from ten to one hundred dogs at any given time; as I’m sure you can imagine, a room full of a hundred dogs can get stinky, fast! Our HVAC system helps keep us cool when we work with the pups, but it also ventilates our space and reduces the overall odor of the facility. Our “bedroom” has two giant vents on either side: one vent expels hairy, smelly air from the inside to the outside, while the other vent infuses clean and cool air from our cooling system into the room. The equipment in this room creates a cross-breeze that reduces the overall odor of the space. The HVAC system in this room is also equipped with a HEPA filter, which helps us reduce the amount of dog hair floating around throughout the facility. It really helps us keep the hair under control! When the doggy daycare began, we were in a smaller facility, which we eventually upgraded when we had our current space built. We had a consultant with an HVAC contractor, who listened to our heating, cooling, and ventilation needs, and provided a customized plan for the equipment, ducts, vents, fans, and filters that would help minimize odors and hair buildup in our space. The HVAC expert’s advice was invaluable; our system is optimal for our dogs’ happiness, and our human staff loves it too!

 

Indoor air cleaning system